Thursday, July 02, 2015

modesto diatribe montclair

I have walked this earth for 30 years, and out of gratitude, 
want to leave some souvenir. -- Vincent Van Gogh

Related to yesterday's gray squirrel- the directions are at Craftsy so you can knit a few up this weekend in between grilling and potato salading!

finally I got a full morning in at the studio, but as soon as I sat down at the machine I started working on the rusty piece instead of the Big Slasher.  When I look a break I set up the printer to do a large print, 13" x 19" of a drawing my grandson did of a robot that I think is quite spectacular.  I'm going to appliqué a bit of color on it, maybe embroider a bit so I have something of his to give his mom (after I keep it for a long time!)  So, I did get a lot done today before I had to leave to meet a gal who is helping me pick out things in the trade-only shops.  Today we did rugs and I think I found the one.  TY will, I'm sure, find something wrong with it but I am getting very tired of having every thing I show him nixed.  I know, it's his house, but gheese.  (rhymes with cheese)

So, after a day of accomplishment I'm ready to sit out the night.  I stopped and bought a very expensive chicken to share with the Canine Companions- darn thing was 2X as much as the Public chickens.  Bad me, but I have been living off the fat of the land lately (basically combing the cupboards to try and empty everything out) and felt kinda like a real fresh cooked chicken might give me some protein.  And the dogs some nice crackly skin.  

Wish it would also give me a pint of ice cream.

The creative family behind Cupcakes by SJ has built a wonderful LEGO-themed wedding cake out of tiny fondant LEGO bricks. Their cake also features a team of worker minifigs who are rolling out a final layer of fondant icing over the visible bricks.

The most amazing tattoo I've ever seen!
Tattoo artist Tony Booth did a 3D tattoo that looks like it belongs to a cyborg from the future with its and realistic tile work.  The entire tattoo took 18 months to finish. The client and Tony came up with the concept between them and it grew from an upper arm sleeve to a full sleeve and then it carried on to his hand, shoulder and upper chest.  The stages of producing this tattoo are quite fascinating, too. First Booth blacked out most of the man’s arm and then tattooed over it with lighter ink to get the 3D effect he was looking for.
The tattoo recently won ‘Best Blackwork Tattoo’ at the Tattoo Tea Party convention in Manchester, UK.

I don't know if I'll have a minute to get back t this tomorrow, so whatever you do this weekend, be careful and have a load of fun.  My plan is to work in the studio for the morning and then go out with some friends for a BBQ in the evening.  I won't be staying long, just enough for a beer and a burger or whatever I am given.  
Saturday night I hope I'll see some fireworks but I hate o leave the dogs trembling in their Uggs from the noise-  if I go anywhere it will be a short ride.  I think every neighborhood down here sets off fancy firecrackers, I won't have to far.  The tents have been up for days on the main drag through town.  By tomorrow they will be shoulder to shoulder waiting to grab a sack full.  
no no.  Don't do this!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

derriere curvature spongy

Art when really understood is the province of every human being. 
It is simply a question of doing things, anything, well. 
It is not an outside, extra thing. -- Robert Henri

This guy was sent to me by several watchful friends-  it's from Craftsy and you can get the pattern there.  Tomorrow I'll show different brands of knitted squirrel from the same pattern.  A herd of 'em.

I went to my stitch group today and worked on the knitted project-  I'm using about 30 different colors of leftover yarns and making a winter scarf.  I don't have enough of most colors for the larger areas so I am trying to hold back the bigger balls for the larger sections.  I will probably have to make striped areas when things get low too.   Dogs got groomed today so that took a big chunk of time driving them to and fro.  Maybe tomorrow morning I'll get something done in the studio.  I simply must get this quilt off the wall and sewing done.  I have an appointment at noon, smack in the middle of my work day.  


Organic Dementia
I think I am identifying here, feeling nuts and being pulled in lots of directions. 

In artist Sophia Narrett‘s current solo show at Arts+Leisure, two women meet on the set of The Bachelor and swiftly fall in love — with each other. They run off to have an affair in a bucolic garden, surrounded by lounging naked women, couples and threesomes having sex, and, strangely, Kendrick Lamar. But something goes wrong. Something involving guns. The pair splits, and in the end we are left stranded with our uncertainty in a harsh, wintry cityscape accented by a deep, bloody red. (The show’s title: This Meant Nothing.)
'As I continued working in embroidery I became interested in the repercussions that embroidery holds for the image and story, as well as the way that it dictates the process. As the emotionality of the narratives heightens to that of melodrama, the intense investment in the embroidery process required to create legible images speaks to the overwrought nature of the fantasy. '

Amazing work

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

derriere curvature spongy

If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have  anything to laugh at when you're old.  (From a friend's posted old-age list)

Whew- I *thought* that when TY left the house that I would be looking for things to do, people to see, and places to visit.  What reality brought me is one skidding mess after another.  Every minute has been filled so far, and I drop into bed exhausted at some late hour because I got too involved in some stupid task or another.  OK< so one of the tasks has been watching 'Revenge' on Netflix and Season 2 was ready to start last night but I just couldn't take another episode that late.  

But the good part is that things actually are getting chipped away at, the dogs are getting walked and fed, and I have a new list to conquer today.  The bad part is that the studio is going unattended and the blog is being ignored, and the sink is full of dishes that must be attended to.  Look what I choose.

New studio project has grown from a hunk of cut metal I found at a consignment shop a while back:
I think it's one of those steel drum cut or torched tourist designs sold in Haiti and other islands. This one is pretty crude, and also pretty sharp!  Maybe I will find a wall to hang it when we get into the new house but for now it just sits on the floor, SO:

I traced off the basic lines,onto some transparent non woven stuff-  who knows what it is... Then I laid over a nice piece of damask sheet over the metal, sprayed it liberally with vinegar and water, wrapped it in plastic and repeated about three times to get it to rust:  Rust it finally did, but it also mildewed.  Oh well.

So, here I am drawing on the back side hoping the design will eventually become very thick and busy.  Once the basic outlines are on I will play with machine drawing into the flower and leaf shapes from the front.  Doing some research now on crewel designs, maybe a bit of appliqué?  We'll see.  It will have something to do with an ancestral tree I think, perhaps a Tree of Life.  The new machine foot cost me $57 but hallelujah, it has made ALL the difference in free form stitching.  I could kick myself for not splurging before this.  
But first I have to get this damn thing off my wall-  it's already, like a carp, grown to the size of it's environment and now has to live on a table.  You would think 2 4x8 sheets of comatose (that's what auto-correct calls HOMASOTE) would be enough for a design wall.  I have added two more rows around the top and left edges, but then had to move it all off the wall because I don't think all this ladder climbing to reach the top is very good for someone my age without a spotter... cement floor, lots of sharp edges on the way down.  
I do have a whole wall- almost 30 feet!- of the stuff on the opposite side but to get at it I have to move:

 ALL THIS CRAP I am hoarding for the new house
as well as move off the giant quilts I keep pinned to it, overlapping, because I've been too busy to make a XXL 'log' of them wrapped and covered and stored upright in the bathroom.  (I figure they might have a better chance of staying dry in the bathroom if the roof ever leaks because there is an additional ceiling over it holding the AC equipment. ) 

OK. that's all my dirty little secrets this month.

Let's talk about something more pleasant-----

Brazil-based artist duo Janaina Mello and Daniel Landini of Mello + Landini create tree-like installations with untwisted ropes fastened to the walls of galleries. Titled Ciclotramas, the artworks have gone through 17 different iterations since 2010, each involving some form of ropes that seem to branch through the air and splay onto surfaces like fractals or a network of neurons.

 Sarape blanket, wood, nails, enamel… an unusual materials list! Texas based artist Adrian Esparza deconstructs and then reconstructs Mexican sarape blankets, viewing them as “an evolving self-portrait.” He transforms them from their traditional, original form into stunning, modern geometric installations poetically exploring the idea of his identity as a Mexican-American growing up on the border of these two cultures. I would love to see this work in person.

And off I go to BOKETTO for awhile until the next gong sounds.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

balk audible chili

People have tried and tried,
 but sex is not better than sweet corn. -- Garrison Keillor

OK, I am procrastinating again!  I went over to the house this morning to grab a few measurements because I found some wallpaper I really like.  I contacted the company and the gal answered me this morning and will send samples-  there were three I really love and would work.  Hope I get them soon.  Also I called the furniture repair place yesterday and they are coming to get my things that need attention-  four rickety dining chairs, a stool that TY snapped the stretcher from the other day, and the ornate hall table that is transitioning into a bathroom vessel sink stand as soon as I can get it painted and tarted up.  Silver is the request.  So they are coming to fetch my stuff Monday.

I've got a pot of red and yellow peppers softening with an onion and garlic on the stove, low and slow as they say, so I can't leave just yet.  I had a slew of peppers left over from using them as little holders for hummus and tabouli the other night, so I rinsed them out and am making some pepper sauce.  It smells divine, so there's dinner tonight- and probably tomorrow and three days into next week!

Yesterday at the studio I got tired of sewing more squares to more squares and sticking strips in between.  I got enough finished that I could put them on the wall and it's working, just not much fun to do.  As soon as I get each edge done and attached I'll start in slashing some more.  I did buy backing fabric and I'm still hoping some nice lady with a long arm offers to accept my money and forever gratitude!  Yeah, I know, it ain't gonna happen.

So, let me clean off a few arty party things I have on my desktop.  We're getting to a stage where I don't have much unity of choice until I mine some more, but I really want stuff clear off before I start in again!  Clutter!

UK artist Kaylee Hibbert creates three dimensional and illusional textiles using carefully stitched thread.  and is exploring the idea of turning many of her designs into a collection of hand-stitched wallpapers.  I can't get these-  WAY too expensive, but aren't they beautiful?

Anna Mo‘s chunky knits are not shy about their pattern, the soft form of her objects forcing the wearer to observe the pieces in all of their magnified glory. To knit these mammoth material works the Ukraine-based Mo not only uses extremely thick sections of wool, but also XXL needles to produce her three-inch-thick stitches. In addition to her wearable works, Mo also sells the yarn that she uses to produce the pieces (100% Australian merino wool) as well as oversized knitting needles so you can produce your own chunky sweaters and blankets.  I bought 'kits' for both my daughter and DIL for Christmas but neither have gotten bitten by the knit bug as I had hoped.  Now my offer on the table is that *I* will either teach them when I come back this summer, or I will simply take them and make it for them.  This stuff was really expensive, doesn't belong in a bag in the closet-of-bad-ideas.

I have a couple of these warning lights on, guess I should call and make an appointment at the dealership.  They can fix the lights AND show me how to set the radio (again...)  The manual tells me to look under 'radio' for the instructions, when I go there it tells me to look under 'controls' somewhere else.  Plus I got a new phone that isn't synced right.   I don't see a sign for that.

Friday, June 26, 2015

fanny peoria deputy

A photograph is a secret about a secret -- Diane Arbus

Creepy, eh?

You might as well click out of here right now, because it's just one of 'those' posts where I end up whining.  Sorry.  I was sick last night at dinner still, and kept asking TY to check if I had a temperature, felt very hot and flushed.  By time for bed it was worse, and I checked the temperature and it was 82 in here, the AC had kicked the bucket.  Misery.  Needless to say you can't get any AC guys to answer phones at 9 PM so we spent a bad night with the dogs panting and none of us sleeping.

The AC guy showed up at 8 and fiddled around looking for breakers, everything was working but the cold air part.  He came around the corner and announced we really need an electrician, so we called him in, and to his credit, he showed up very quickly.  And he fiddled around too, then a huge rainstorm, thunder and lightening hit, and he disappeared to return in another hour with his gizmo we needed, installed it and that was it.  Labor-  $160, equipment- $20.  Geesh.

So, by noon we were up and running again, the dogs got up off the cooler stone floors, and I could even think straight as I was feeling myself again.

Needless to say I never get to the studio today.  The GOOD thing is that I take TY to the airport tomorrow early and can spend all day there without interruption.

Today's Art Theme is about things that mimic what they seem to be:

On the weekend of June 6th and 7th, two giant Buddha statues destroyed by Taliban forces in 2001 were resurrected using 3D projection technology. Known as the Buddhas of Bamyan, the two structures, towering over 100 feet, were carved into the sandstone cliffs of Bamyan Valley, Afghanistan, and had watched over the area since the sixth century. They once served as an important site of pilgrimage for Buddhists. When the Taliban deemed the Buddhas false idols, they obliterated them using tanks and artillery shells. The damage was extensive, and in the years since there has been much debate on how — or even if — they could be repaired. UNESCO named the ruins a site of World Heritage in Danger in 2003.

If you think your jackhammer and motorcycle make you look tough, just take a look at Theresa Honeywell’s knit accessories! What says “macho” better than tools and guns made out of knit fabric? This Washington D.C. native takes traditionally masculine objects, and gives them a feminine edge by creating them with knit and embroidery. By using methods that have previously been labeled a “feminine craft,” she sparks a dialogue on the masculine and feminine and what it means to align objects with these social constructs. Studying sculpture at university, she combines her talents in three-dimensional art with her interest in combining art and craft. The dichotomy between feminine and masculinity paired with art and craft challenges our pre-conceived notions of these themes.

And, an appropriate NO AC quote:
how very true.